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News Briefing for March 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Early line: 3-man race for 2016 GOP nomination “Much of who’s ahead and who’s not at this stage “is based on who’s known and who’s not known,” said Fergus Cullen, another former New Hampshire Republican chairman. Cullen hosted a reception at his home for Bush last week. What’s lacking in the top tier is a hardcore conservative or tea party favorite. Tea party loyalists are sympathetic to Walker, for example, but still have some doubts. At a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall meeting this week, some questioned whether he has shifted his position on government help for ethanol over the years. Mike Huckabee, ...

News Briefing for Friday, February 20th, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare's Co-Ops: A Bigger Scandal Than Solyndra? “The decline and bankruptcy of insurance co-ops conceived by Obamacare is being trumpeted as another emblem of the law’s many failures. But the fiasco speaks to a much more parochial flaw that animates progressive PGR -0.15% views on healthcare. The co-ops aren’t dying only because they were hastily constructed, or poorly managed. Their disaster is far more willful and deliberate. They meant to lose money. Last year, the co-ops made a big bet. While private plans were raising their premiums for the second year of Obamacare, the co-ops proposed sharp cuts. Liberal policy makers ...

News Briefing for Monday, January 12 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: The FEC’s Internet gag rule (Op-ed by Jenny Beth Martin and Matt Kibbe) Liberals don’t want Americans speaking truth to power “…Just as Williams felled the Liberty Tree to frustrate debate, Ms. Ravel wants to bring the political discourse of freedom-loving Americans under her agency’s heavy-lidded purview with an eye to cutting it off. To hear Ms. Ravel tell it, political speech in cyberspace is unduly influenced by “dark” forces that use blogs, news sites, video uplinks and information exchanges to “pollute” the political atmosphere and poison minds with too much communication. Or, to look at it from the ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare fines rising in 2015, IRS prepares to collect “Don't have health insurance? Get ready to pay up.  The ObamaCare-mandated fines for not having insurance are rising in 2015 -- and for the first time, will be collected by the Internal Revenue Service. The individual requirement to buy health insurance went into effect earlier this year. But this coming tax season is the first time all taxpayers will have to report to the IRS whether they had health insurance for the prior year.  The fines for the 2014 year were relatively modest -- $95 per person or 1 percent of household income (above the threshold for filing taxes), ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, November 12, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Burwell: We Need To Give Obamacare To DREAMers “Health and Human Services chief Sylvia Burwell made an appeal for immigration reform and extending Obamacare benefits to DREAM-eligible illegal immigrants on Tuesday while promoting the health-care law. Burwell was touting the upcoming Obamacare enrollment period, which begins Saturday, on a webcast with several Latina bloggers when she stepped outside her typical domain and advocated for a change in immigration policy. “DREAMers are not able to be covered in the marketplace,” Burwell said in response to a question about whether families with mixed immigration statuses can get ...

News Briefing for Thursday, September 18

Below are some of the news stories that we are reading today. HEALTHCARE:   Obamacare's Next Open Enrollment Starts In Two Months - And It Will Be Awful http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/09/17/obamacares-next-open-enrollment-starts-in-two-months-and-it-will-be-awful/   With New Health Law, Shopping Around Can Be Crucial “If you bought health insurance at an Affordable Care Act marketplace this year, it really pays to look around before renewing your coverage for next year. The system is set up to encourage people to renew the policies that they bought last year — and there are clear advantages to doing so, ...

It’s time for a special prosecutor

Calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are getting louder, stronger, and more widespread. For newspapers around the country, it’s beginning to sink in just how much the IRS, if left unchecked, can infringe on the First Amendment and freedom of speech. This isn’t political anymore; it’s about basic rights. Last week, the San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board [1] called on its city’s entire delegation – Republican and Democrat to “demand action.” On noting the IRS losing pertinent emails in a computer crash, the Union-Tribune summed it up thusly: “How convenient. How outrageous.” The ...

Florida Governor Rick Scott expands Medicaid

On Wednesday, Florida governor Rick Scott became the seventh Republican governor to back Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. From Bloomberg: Florida Governor Rick Scott supports expanding Medicaid in his state under President Barack Obama’s health-care law, at least while the federal government pays for it, a reversal of the Republican’s previous position. Scott said yesterday in Tallahassee that he’ll ask state lawmakers to back the expansion. After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law in June, Scott said he wouldn’t expand Medicaid, the health-care program for the poor, in Florida. Once Obama won re-election in November, ...

Interview: Southerland Talks Supercommittee, 2012

By Zayida Baker Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., walked October 22 in Perry’s annual Forest Day Parade. Dressed in jeans, he ran from one side of the crowd to the other, chatting and shaking hands. That afternoon Southerland spoke with Zayida Baker of Tea Party Patriots. Find more of the interview here and here. ZAYIDA BAKER: Do you think you’re going to endorse anyone in [the Republican Senate] primary [to take on Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in 2012]? ___ EDITOR'S NOTE _ Southerland's comments preceded the supercommittee's failure to agree on cuts by the Nov. 23, 2011, deadline, triggering $1.2 trillion in mandatory cuts January 2013, ...

Nelson Plays Moderate at Tax Hearing

By Zayida Baker Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., chaired a September hearing of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility that prescribed a tax code with more taxpayers, lower rates and fewer loopholes—a platform that he and Democrats often contradict. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Professor Martin Feldstein, former Michigan Gov. John Engler, Professor John Taylor, and Professor Edward Kleinbard testified. The newly reinstated subcommittee’s second hearing addressed “tax expenditures,” or loopholes, through which government loses revenue—$1.2 trillion in 2008—that it must recoup elsewhere. Nelson recounted that, as a ...